Crates (plastic or metal) are extra functional, but when it comes to small children are good places to get your fingers stuck in, or allow small parts (doll hairbrushes and race cars) to fall through their holes. Laura Gunn over at Paint My Hair whipped up a quick tutorial on how to make a cover for these utilitarian holders, for both outside and in.
They're washable, customizable, and best of all easy to do with this fabulous tutorial. Every step is outlined with pictures and measurements, so even if you're not headed to the Winter Olympics for sewing, you'll still be able to follow right along.
You can see her crates in action in her craft room, where she has them stacked tall. Little hands would pull them right over, but each crate would tuck away nicely in a corner or open bookshelf nook!